Monday, June 19, 2017

Taos Shopping Guide for Hipsters. Top Ten Shops in Taos. Ten Best Stores in Taos. Millennial Shopping Guide to Taos. Ten Cool Shops in Taos. Ten Shops in Taos for Creative Types.

What is hip? Mid Century Modern Chairs are HOT right now at Two Graces Plaza Gallery

Whether you’re on vacation, or shopping locally in Taos, how do you know what to buy? What exactly should you bring back home with you from your shopping excursion. These shops have your memories of Taos at hand, unique, individualistic gifts to soothe your soul until you return to Taos once again. The list is compiled in order from the northern-most shop in El Prado to the southern tip in Ranchos de Taos, all told, a ten mile stretch. Outside of the many art galleries in Taos these are the most creative shops among us, (some actually are art galleries with a bit extra). My experience is that far too many people who actually live here don’t shop and explore Taos. Be a tourist in your own town, we’ll treat you like you belong here!

Handmade jewelry by Georgia Gersh at Magpie

A classic Magpie display cabinet

Magpie 11-5 Daily 
781-248-0166 1405 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, El Prado www.magpietaos.com
Some of Taos’ finest crafts makers are elegantly displayed here. This shop sets crafts in Taos above what 
you’ll find in the many southwest souvenir curio shops. A luxury sanctuary for Taos arts and crafts. Georgia 
Gersh obviously loves what she does. On any given day you’ll find her contributing to the inventory of 
this shop making jewelry or painting small unique furniture. A destination outpost on the northern end of 
Taos.
*Hot Tip: Magpie price points are affordable for the average person on a budget.

Mirror Ball reflects upon the antlered Banana Seat at Heads Up Music

Vinyl display at Heads Up Music

Heads Up Music 10-5 Daily 
575-770-6165 216C Paseo del Pueblo Norte  www.thetaoshum.com
A record revival has been happening among in the know collectors of vinyl. This indy record store 
creates a whole new shopping experience for vinyl hounds. Mark Brumbelow and friends bring customer 
service to a new level in Taos. This shop fills a gap in the Taos music scene supplying an inventory that 
includes guitar strings and locally produced CD’s.
*Hot Tip: Mark also sells tickets to most of the upcoming events in Taos. 

Display at Dwellings Revisited, Ride 'em Cowgirl?

Dwellings Revisited Showcase

Dwellings Revisited 10:30-5:30 Daily 
107 Bent Street 575-758-3377 (website unavailable)
With an overwhelming amount of businesses in Taos that come and go on a regular basis, Dwellings has 
been the standard bearer of how to get it right. More than a souvenir shop, there’s regional and 
international Folk Art along with useful items for your home decor. Cam Martin shares her knowledge of 
a broad range of merchandise in this eclectic Taos shop. 
*Hot Tip: Cam’s been in business for over 30 years, for this sort of longevity she must be doing 
something right.

Entryway into Underground Taos

Stuart greets everyone at his Underground Taos, (it's not actually under ground)

The Underground Taos 10-5:30 Daily 
107b Bent Street 575-770-5140 theundergroundtaos.com
A hip menswear shop is the last thing you’d expect to find in Taos, New Mexico. Yet here it sits smack 
dab in the middle of town. Simply the best selection of current trends in Men’s fashion, along with the 
coolest T-Shirts available in Taos. Owner Stuart Brown completes the picture with his lovely British 
accent and enthusiasm for what he does. 
*Hot Tip: Ladies invited, just please try not to swoon too much over the proprietor, (he’s married).

Rothko-esque silk ribbon displayed at Common Thread

Window Display at Common Thread at the John Dunn Shops walkway

Common Thread 10-5:30 Daily 
124 Bent Street/John DunnShops 575-758-8987 lloom.blogspot.com
This may be the most unusual spot to have on the list, for people who would never consider visiting a 
fabric shop, especially while on vacation. You’ll wind up walking out with unique yardage that you just 
couldn’t resist. Somehow, you'll find something to do with it, even if you use it to upholster a chair. You
may not find the owners at hand, yet their knowledgeable and helpful staff love working here, and it shows.
*Hot Tip: Check out their embroidery supplies, ribbons and all those beautiful buttons from elk antlers to 
buffalo nickels.

Neon is extra special at Shank Hair Salon

Rachel Bell reflected at Shank

Shank 9-5 Tuesday-Saturday
575-737-0882 109 Paseo del Pueblo Norte, Taos getshanked.com
This hairdresser spot in the center of Taos at first look may appear to be an old fashioned barber shop. 
There are all those beautiful vintage barber chairs in two rows filling the long space. It’s actually a 
women’s hair salon that is appointed with photographs and art by one of the most unique eyes in Taos. 
Getting Shanked in Taos may just be the most luxurious thing you can do. Owner stylist Rachel Bell will 
talk to you about virtually anything while she styles your hair, as many of the best hairdressers are known 
to do. Her secret knowledge is of art, contemporary art. Go ahead and have a seat, treat yourself at this 
salon to a stylish education.
*Hot Tip: Ask for a his & hers appointment with Cate the Barber and Rachel, show up early and play a 
game of pinball in the backroom. 

Courtyard Dress display at Wanderer

Natural salves, cosmetics and lotions at Wanderer

Wanderer 11-5 Daily 
575-224-2626 110 Paseo del Pueblo Norte www.wanderertaos.com
Another one of those shops that make you wonder, where’d this place come from, or, who are these people. 
Check it out, this shop is amazing. Women’s clothing and accessories in a curated shoppers delight. Follow
store owner Ashley Arabian on Instagram @wanderertaos for some of the best fashion shoots in the
southwest. If her hip Insatgram images don't draw you in to shop, then you're missing the point.
*Hot Tip: Try a dress on for size, you won’t want to leave without purchasing something.

Contemporary Jewelry at the Ranch in Taos

The Jewelry is the thing at The Ranch

The Ranch at Taos 10-5 Daily 
325-647-5736 119 Kit Carson Road www.theranchattaos.com
Considered mostly an art gallery go for the hand made jewelry. Ask owner Lanna Smith to show you 
what she has in stock, you’ll want to buy it all, affordable and southwestern with a twist.
*Hot Tip: The handmade locally crafted jewelry IS what this store is all about, buy someone you love a 
pendant necklace.

Weavings and Furnishings at Tres Estrellas

There's much to see in Tres Estrellas

Tres Estrellas Design 10-5 Daily 
575-770-3262 208 Ranchitos Road www.tresestrellasdesign.com
A weavers makerspace with classic weavings being made on site. A collection of southwest vintage 
weavings of Navajo and Hispanic Rio Grande blankets and rugs of the highest quality grace this space. 
Classic reproductions and vintage handmade furniture of Northern New Mexico sprinkled throughout the 
galleries add a home owners touch. Carla Ann and Chris Ferguson share their love of all things 
southwest which permeate this not to be missed, off the beaten track, hiding in plain site shopping 
experience.
*Hot Tip: Their knowledge of weaving and the history of craftsmanship in the southwest is 
unsurpassed.

Vintage and classic Kachinas are a specialty at Two Graces Plaza Gallery

Vintage Taos Handmade furniture at Two Graces Plaza Gallery

Two Graces Plaza Gallery 10-5 Daily 
575-758-4101 68 St. Francis Church Plaza, Ranchos de Taos twograces.com 
There are many antique shops, curio shops, vintage shops and thrift shops, this is not any of those, it’s 
shoppers experience in its own world. The tag line here is Art, Books and Curios but it’s an explorers
paradise. Interested in art in Taos, this place has it covered. Want to learn more about the southwest and
what you’re looking at, they’ve got it covered. Need a little retail therapy, if you can’t find something
unique and wonderful here, then you aren’t actually looking. This shop is at the gateway to Taos on your
way from Santa Fe in the Shadow of the San Francisco de Asis Church. Holly Sievers & Robert Cafazzo 
showcase the things they love here in this Ranchos outpost by the most famous Church in the West.
*Hot Tip: Give yourself enough time to browse, there are wonderful finds to be had for the hip 
connoisseur here. Ask about stuff they have squirreled away for assemblage artists from Bones & 
Bottles to Rusty Gold.

Happy Shoppers on an after hours shopping experience at Two Graces Plaza Gallery in Ranchos de Taos 

The list expanded would also include the following businesses:
Taos Tin Works, 1204 Paseo del Pueblo Norte 575-758-9724
Bryan’s Gallery, 121 Kit Carson Road 575-758-9407
Jackie’s Trading Post, 129 North Plaza Drive 575-758-4828
Kimosabe, 108 Teresina Lane 575-758-8826
Substance, 102 Dona Luz Street 575-751-0992

Whether you're here to stay cool or to ski you can enjoy many aspects of Taos, New Mexico (even the crazy weather)

Some people may think of Taos as quaint and arty, it even appears to have not kept up with the times, in 
some aspects, this list will prove otherwise. 
Most, but not all of these shops that made the Top Ten Taos Shopping List are owned by the proprietors 
themselves. You’ll find them running their own shops on a day to day basis, seven days a week. These 
owners purchase, curate and make many of the items you’ll find displayed and arranged impeccably. Hip 
shops in Taos are an unexpected treat. You may not have realized or expected to find such wonderful 
places to enjoy in a town catering to tourism of the southwest region of the United States, but they do 
exist. Take the time to explore an unexpected aspect of a village full of artists and creators. These businesses 
stay ahead of trends, are well stocked with something for everyone and provide great customer service.
These stores have it all and stand out above so many. Explore all of the shops listed here and tell them we
sent you. Taos may not be the hippest place in the world but there are local businesses here that make
inroads towards surprising you on just how cool it can be.

No one has a bone to pick here in Taos, it's still unchartered territory and everyone is welcome to their opinions.

*Please note: With these shops being operated by their owners there will be discrepancies in regular 
hours. If you find a shop closed during stated operating hours, try to take the time to go back and see 
them. If you find yourself running late and truly want to visit a particular store, please call them, most will try to accommodate your visit, even if it's after posted hours.
**As per business websites, these may give a sampling of what the store carries, not necessarily a 
complete inventory. Expect many happy surprises once you do actually visit these brick and mortar stores.
***Disclaimer, Two Graces Plaza Gallery is my partner's and my own shop. This list was created by me and is of my own opinion. No one has paid me to include any of the stores listed here.


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